Thursday, May 27, 2010

Beck, Liars, Os Mutantes, DJ Annie Clark - Never Tear Us Apart (2010)

A fantastic cover of INXS from Beck's Music Club

Record Club: INXS "Never Tear Us Apart" from Beck Hansen on Vimeo.

Echo & The Bunnymen - Live Fillmore NYC (2010)

This rare Echo & The Bunnymen treasure was recorded on the most recent tour, May 1, 2010 at the world famous "The Fillmore" in the heart of New York City. As you may have heard the band is on a bit of a resurgance, thanks to some indie cred, the cycle of time, constant touring, and a bit of luck. I mean Slipknot bassist Paul Gray (RIP) may not be feeling this show, but I know I am. With soaring hits like Rescue, Never Stop, Zimbo, Rust and others in the mix - the tour had all the makings of a solid Bunnymen tour. But I guess that is just it - another hits package and donkey roadshow. This has probably been my 7th time seeing them live - so it's a bit of a strain these days to take in another live version of "Seven Seas". I am glad I stomached it and I am blessed to even see Echo & The Bunnymen perform (Ian's not getting any younger is he?), so I guess it's judgement time for yourself. The show has 20 tracks and the highlights are for sure the inclusion of "Do It Clean" and the encore performance of "Lips Like Sugar" and noteably the absence of any of the whimsy tracks from "The Fountain", save the one bright single. If my Make-A-Wish dropped, i guess I would want the Bunnymen to do some really obscure shit like playing "Heaven up Here" back to back with "Crocodiles" - oh wait they're doing that in December in the UK only. Fuck! Second wish would be to truly deliver a fans only tour with obscure hits and some dark takes on previous hits. Maybe someday I will post the ultimate song list for fans, but for now I guess you only get the latest tour from 2010, live and direct. Big ups to whatatemper.blogspot - a guy who loves the Echo & The Bunnymen and Van Halen! Amazing!

Echo & The Bunnymen - Live Fillmore NYC (2010)

01. Going Up
02. Show Of Strength
03. Rescue
04. Villiers Terrace
05. Stormy Weather
06. Seven Seas
07. Bedbugs and Ballyhoo
08. Dancing Horses
09. Rust
10. Think I need It Too
11. Zimbo
12. The Disease
13. All That Jazz
14. Never Stop
15. Back of Love
16. Killing Moon
17. The Cutter
18. Nothing Lasts Forever
19. Do It Clean
20. Lips Like Sugar

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Big Audio Dynamite - Live Bradford, UK (1988)

I am celebrating the recent re-issue of Big Audio Dynamite's legacy edition of "This is Big Audio Dynamite" one of my favorite albums from 1985, post Clash. Mick Jones had the balls to mix the up and coming rap scene with the beats and radio noise from NYC to fuse a new cinematic soundscape that included Londoners on guitars and dreads on bass and at the production controls. The band was a mis-mash of culture and sounds which would have made the next Clash album a true legacy. Too bad Mick Jones ended up sacked and Joe Strummer (RIP) was left holding the bag with the replacements in Clash II. Either way, I am glad to see someone is bringing Big Audio Dynamite back from the dead. And I do mean dead too - they were pretty absent from the net, save the dilligence of esmark. This show recorded in Bradford, UK during 1988 (7/22/88 to be exact) is a bit post-"This is.." and more along the lines of the third albums (Tighten Up Vol. 88 ). A nice short live set to bring back your memories, like fine white lightening or Strawberry Fields. A sharp jag to the tongue to help faze back the memories and prick up your ears. It's all B.A.D.

Big Audio Dynamite - Live Bradford, UK (1988)
01. C'mon Every Beatbox
02. The Battle Of All Saints Road
03. V Thirteen
04. Other 99
05. E=MC2

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McCrank's Juke - May Mix (2010)

McCrank's Juke - May Mix (2010)

It's really hard to nail down what ends up in these mix tapes from McCrank's Juke. The month will start off and you will get super hits, like the release from Crystal Castles, but then mid to late month the hits keep dropping and the list manages to stagger into a drunken phase with lots to choose from and new songs, videos, covers coming from Pitchfork, SPIN, and other outlets. It's mind-boggling and a bit of a pain to capture. The list for May features covers from Girl In A Coma and Crocodiles, respectively. There is also some 80's thrown in to help cook up the mixture, including INXS a Bowie cover, and Feeding Fingers - a band known for carrying on the legacy of goth rock left for dead by Bauhaus. The set is a bit on the moody side but picks up with Team Ghost and Small Black, two aspiring bands with a lot of fusion and soundz to pull at your ear buds. I am truly leaving this at top ten and could probably drop another ten songs from the likes of Hole, Dead Weather, and a new band from Santa Monica called Chief. They evidently didn't make the cut - but stand to be heard anyways. I have a few turds brewing in the upcoming posts - including another Bunnymen post, a Tegan and Sara limited EP, and a few other odds and ends. Frankly, it's been a stone throw to even get posts up in a decent timeframe. Google has sacked the shit out of this industry, making it even harder to find great rarities (which the record company consider unsellable scraps) unique live sets, and B-side studio demos. We'll see what the eye in the sky has left us to sort and post...

McCrank's Juke - May Mix (2010)
01. As The World Falls Down (David Bowie) - Girl In A Coma
02. Leave House - Caribou
03. Violent Dreams - Crystal Castles
04. Not Enough Time - INXS
05. Outlaw Blues (Bob Dylan) - Crocodiles
06. Sweet Dreams (Beyonce) - The Big Pink
07. Heaven On Fire - The Radio Dept.
08. A Glorious Time - Team Ghost
09. Kings of Animals - Small Black
10. She Hides Disease - Feeding Fingers

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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Jane's Addiction - Ain't No Right (2010)

Jane's Addiction on Cinco de Mayo gig at the Hollywood club Bardot — debuted new bassist Duff McKagan.

Sunday, May 16, 2010